As darkness descends upon the Esplanade, Boston gears up for the celebration of the year. There is NOTHING that compares to the performance of the Boston Pops directed by Keith Lockhart. For as far back as I can remember ( and that is a long time) people have gathered in massive droves for a chance to participate in these festivities.

When this whole thing began back in the seventies, they used to have people who would camp out on the Esplanade DAYS in advance. As time went on they had to stop people from doing that. Mostly for security reasons. But back in the day you would have thought APPLE had a new IPHONE coming out.

This year, it took people longer than ever to get a spot in front of the Hatch Shell. That is due to the security everyone had to go through. But it did not stop half a million people from showing up. They were not all located on the ground. Those who are lucky enough to be on the water have a spectacular view of the elaborate fireworks display.

The show is carefully choreographed to pre recorded music, and it lasts for about a half an hour. I personally spent ONE 4th of July at the Hatch Shell. It was the experience of a lifetime. I highly recommend it to everyone to try it at least ONCE. It is amazing how as the day goes on how many people you will get to know.

When I first got there everyone was spread out. Then as the day went on and more people arrived things got a bit tighter. Blankets became overlapped and trips to get drinks and food shared between veritable strangers. Strangers who came together to celebrate living in a country that celebrates it’s freedoms every year at the same time.

Happy 4th of July to everyone from Boston, Massachussetts.